What to Eat in Trinidad: A Shark Sandwich

Last week I got to go to Trinidad, because I am a lucky girl and Nancy sends me to cool places so I can write about them. Trinidad is very lovely and I spent a lot of time eating mangoes and drinking rum drinks (um, and working). But there were two things I ate that really stood out, and both are sandwiches. The first I didn’t get a picture of, but it’s called a double, and it’s basically two pieces of fried bread with a chickpea curry smeared in between. Adding mango chutney is also a good idea. The GM of the Hyatt Regency (where we stayed) said people eat doubles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it was easy to see why.

The second thing I ate that I loved is pictured here. It is called Bake and Shark, and it’s a sandwich made of fried bread (but a different kind of bread than the doubles), and fried shark. The only place to get it (according to our tour guide) is on Maracas Beach, where we spent Wednesday morning. There is a picture after the jump, if anyone cares. The best part about the Bake and Shark was the table of about twenty condiments to put on your sandwich, from ketchup and mustard to sliced avocados to a super-hot sauce. I chose avocados, mango chutney (again), some cabbage, and a cilantro oil. The Stag beer (made in Trini) was great with it.

another picture of the bake and shark. yum.

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